Jones family raising funds for Memorial Fund
Debbie and Ronnie Jones, parents of fallen Falls County K-9 Deputy Sheriff Matt Jones, are raising funds in his honor to donate to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund.
The Joneses hope to raise $500.
Officer Jones was killed Oct. 11, 2019, while helping a stranded motorist on the side of the highway and by doing this for their son is a way to honor him.
“We miss him every day since the incident and want to keep his memory going,” Debbie Jones said. “He served and protected the Falls County community for four years and he loved his job. He is very much missed.”
On Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington, DC., there is an event called Run for the Badge in which runners can run for certain donations and present their proceeds to the organization of National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund. Net proceeds from the Run for the Badge support the mission of the National Law Enforcement Museum to tell the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience. The Museum is working to expand and enrich the relationship shared by law enforcement and the community through educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs.
It is the first national museum dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement. Within the walls of the Museum’s strikingly contemporary exterior, artifacts from our collection of more than 20,000 objects tell the story of American law enforcement past, present, and future and engage visitors of all ages in memorable, immersive and experiential exhibits. The Museum serves as a platform for constructive dialog to help strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. For more information, please visit LawEnforcementMuseum.org.
The campus of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum is centered in the 400 Block of E. Street, NW. The Memorial Wall is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers whom have died in the line of duty, Matt’s name has already been added. Ceremonies for Matt and other fallen heroes from 2019 were cancelled this year due to COVID-19 but hopefully will happen in 2021 and the Jones family will be there.
“What we have decided to do is to run or walk on our own virtually and upload our photos in honor of Matt and I have attached a donation form if you would like to donate instead of walking,” Jones said. “All donations are tax deductible and you may also purchase a T-shirt and part of the proceeds of the shirt will be donated to the organization.”
You can order a T-shirt at this address https://stores.inksoft.com/run_for_the_badge/shop/home
“We know times are really tough right now with COVID-19 and unemployment rates are way up but we feel like it’s a reachable goal of $500 for Matt,” Jones said.
You can read more about Run for the Badge at http://support.nleomf.org/site/PageNavigator/rftb_home.html.
“We are very grateful for everyone’s support, prayers and thoughts that has gotten us through this past nine months and I know we still have a ways to go,” Jones said. “Losing Matt has been the very hardest thing we as parents have ever had to endure. God bless you all and stay safe.”